Oregon PDP camp successful in identifying top players in the area.
|Former USWNT player and FC Salmon Creek Associate DOC Tina Ellertson instructs her group of players.
Seven OPL players have been selected to participate in US Club Soccer’s keystone player development initiative, id2, with the possibility of being selected for an international tour and/or selection to a US Soccer Youth National Team Pool. Selected from the recent US Club Soccer PDP camp held by the OPL at Buckman Field, these seven players will now head to either San Diego or Charleston (SC) to participate in an upcoming id2 camp:
Giovanni Calixto (Westside Timbers)
Trevor Chung (Westside Timbers)
Monet Kunz (Tualatin Hills United SC)
Mya Lopez (Tualatin Hills United SC)
Elijah Tafui (FC Portland Academy)
Adrian Villegas (Westside Timbers)
MaKayla Woods (Vancouver Timbers)
"This is a great opportunity for our players," said Oregon Premier Council Vice President Paul Slover. "We are extraordinarily proud of these players, as the hard work and sacrifices they and their families have made is being rewarded with such a great experience."
The id2 Training Camps are invitation-only events that bring together the nation’s top male and female youth players for four days of competition, evaluation and fun. U.S. Soccer National Team staff, some of the nation’s top coaches as well as elite guest coaches and players attend id2 Training Camps. In addition to the on-field sessions, id2 Training Camps feature guest speakers, lectures/classroom sessions and other offerings, which make for a complete experience. Once the players arrive on-site for the camp, there is no cost to participate. Additionally, the OPL has worked to bring down the travel costs for each player with a travel stipend for each player so their cost of traveling to and from the event is minimal. Both the id2 Program and PDP have been granted Olympic Development Program status.
"We are very excited for Pops [MaKayla Woods]," commented Vancouver Timbers Technical Director Sunny Dulai. "She is a super hard-working and humble kid, who is well-liked and respected by all our coaches as well as our teammates."
Selected from the recent OPL PDP event at Buckman for boys born in 2000 and girls born in 1999, these players were picked out from a pool of approximately 30 boys and 40 girls for this honor. The players invited to participate in the PDPs were based upon scouting within these clubs, as well as recommendations from Directors of Coaching. As such, there was a wide representation of players from around the state from OPL member clubs. There was no cost to participate, and all players were given a full Nike kit to train in. As is the case with all US Club Soccer PDPs, id2 program staff were on-site to scout players for potential inclusion in the id2 Program Training Camps, and a U.S. Soccer staff member was there to scout players for potential U.S. National Team inclusion. PDPs are operated directly by US Club Soccer, or are sanctioned and closely controlled by US Club Soccer with operations handled by selected staff from the local leagues.
The OPL works closely with US Club Soccer to host these events and keep these opportunities local for our players, have already started working on bring another PDP event to the area for the 2013-14 league season.